A list of the houses comprising the Wapping Housing Estate:
Sir Hugh Willoughby was appointed captain of a fleet of three ships, which set out in 1553, with the object of discovering a north-eastern passage to Cathay and India. Two of the three ships reached the coast of Lapland, where it was proposed to winter. Soon after January, 1554, Willoughby and his companions died of starvation, and a few years later their remains were found, together with Willoughby’s Journal, which is printed in the first volume of Richard Hakluyt’s famous Principal Navigations.
Richard Chancellor was appointed captain and pilot-general of the Bonaventure in Sir Hugh Willoughby’s expedition. His ship became separated from the others in a storm and he went on alone into the White Sea, from whence he travelled to the Court of Moscow. He was lost in a shipwreck off the coast of Aberdeen in 1556.
Matthew Flinders, hydrographer, navigator, and explorer, was born in 1774. He went as midshipman in the Reliance to New South Wales in 1795, and spent his time studying the outlines and bearings of the Australian coast. After several other voyages undertaken for scientific purposes, he was taken prisoner by the French at Mauritius and was kept in captivity for six years, during which time his health was ruined. He died in 1814.
Sir Martin Frobisher made the first of his many famous voyages in 1554. He was in command of the Triumph, fighting against the Spanish Armada. In 1594 he took part in the expedition for the relief of Brest and Crozon, and received a wound from which he afterwards died at Plymouth.
Sir John Franklin, the noted Arctic explorer, was born in 1786. He set out to discover a north-west passage to the Pacific in 1845. The ships were last seen near the entrance to Lancaster Sound, and no traces of the party were found until 1851. Franklin showed the existence of the North-West Passage, and his work resulted in the discovery of a second North-West Passage in 1850.
Captain Thomas Fenner, “a most excellent officer,” served as Vice-Admiral to Sir Francis Drake in the fleet that set out in 1588 against the famous Spanish Armada. He was in command of the Dreadnought when he was mortally wounded in the attempt on Lisbon in the following year.
Jackman House (and Shops).
Charles Jackman took part in three voyages with Stephen Burrough and Arthur Pet, in small craft of 50 tons and under, to carry out an examination of the straits which lead into the Kara Sea in the North East of Russia.
Sir William Edward Parry, who was born in 1790, did good service in preparing the way for the eventual discovery of the North Pole. He made valuable charts of the northern seas. Parry was a great friend of John Franklin. He died in 1855, and a memoir of him was published by his son Edward Parry in 1857.
Frederick William Beechey was born in 1796. He was with Franklin in the North Polar Expedition of 1818; with Parry in 1819; and co-operated with them in 1825. Beechey Island, in Barrow Strait, is named after him. He died in 1856.
George Vancouver, who was born in 1758, accompanied Captain Cook in his second and third voyages, lie was engaged, in 1791-92, in exploring a part of the north-west coast of North America, including the island that was named after him.
James Welsh, master of the Richard of Arundel, voyaged in 1588-91 to the river of Beam in West Africa. On 18 December 1591 he wrote in the log: “God be praised, we ankered at Limehouse in the Thames, where we discharged 587 sacks of peper, 150 elephants’ teeth, and 82 barrels of oil of palm trees.”